Breeding hedgehogs

Breeding occurs any time between April and September but the period of greatest activity, ‘the rut’, occurs in May and June in Britain. Most baby hedgehogs are born in June and July, with an average litter size of four or five young, of which two or three are usually weaned successfully.

If you think you have hedgehogs breeding in your garden then do not disturb them. Mothers are liable to desert or even eat their young if they are disturbed.

Mother and babies by Hedgehog Champion J. Robinson from Hertfordshire

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